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101 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

You can trace the origins of the slow-cooker on paper back more than 80 years, but the truth is the inspiration for it came many years before that. In 1936, inventor Irving Naxon filed a patent for a device that was inspired by his grandmother’s cooking in Lithuania. After her local bakery hours were over, she’d slow-cook cholent (a traditional slow-cooked stew) by the residual heat of the hot oven overnight. By creating a self-heating cooking vessel that is housed inside a casing, Naxon was able to perfect the slow-cooker for home chefs.

The slow-cooker became the busy parent’s best friend. The ability to “set it and forget it” meant less time scrambling over the stove for dinner and more time with the family. Over the decades, the “Crock-Pot” became a must-have appliance for families. But for years, many thought that the slow-cooker was only good for stews and soups. And while they are incredibly useful for those hearty dishes, the slow-cooker was meant for so much more.

Hundreds of cookbooks have cropped up for the slow-cooker, and all of them have an angle — soups, stews, easy dinners. But to help you maximize the use of your slow-cooker, we pulled together a collection of 101 incredible recipes that will take you from breakfast to lunch, dinner, and beyond. Start your day with a hearty Mexican-style quiche. Clean out the Crock-Pot and load it up with the ingredients for a creamy chicken Alfredo stew for lunch. For dinner, you can put in all of the necessities for slow-cooked pulled pork tacos, or skip ahead to dessert for some turtle monkey bread. This collection will help you pull off a dinner party or an easy weeknight meal with just a few ingredients and a little time. Heck, it will even help with the drinks and treat your guests to tasty appetizers, too.

Use these recipes to pull off the perfect party or to simply make your Tuesday night a little less insane. The only trouble you’ll have with this collection is deciding which dish to make first.

Choosing A Slow Cooker

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Choosing A Slow Cooker

It’s easy to get seduced by these newly trendy cooking gadgets, and it’s helpful to understand the difference between the slow-cooker (or Crock-Pot, which is actually a type and brand of slow cooker) and the pressure cooker. So here goes: Both the slow-cooker and the pressure cooker use moist heat to cook food for extended amounts of time — sometimes up to 12 hours. They both look very alike, with a pot and a glass lid, and they both are used to cook similar foods and produce the same tasty results — but there are a few differences. We made it easy for you and ranked The Best Slow-Cookers of 2017.

Best Breakfast Slow Cooker Recipes

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Best Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes

Coming home to a cooked meal is satisfying. Waking up to one is like pure heaven. Time these delicious recipes to finish just in time for a hearty and flavorful morning that your whole family will love. 

Of you like breakfast, you'll like our round-up of The Best Breakfast in Every State.

Slow Cooker Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Slow Cooker Bacon and Cheese Quiche

A fluffy breakfast quiche doesn’t have to bake in the oven to perfection; your slow cooker can easily pull off this puffed savory pastry in a few hours!

Click here for the Slow Cooker Bacon and Cheese Quiche Recipe

Slow-Cooked Blueberry French Toast

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Slow-Cooked Blueberry French Toast

Who knew you could make French toast in a slow-cooker?! Well you can, and it’s absolutely delish! Top this slow-cooker French toast with blueberry syrup for a truly fabulous way to start the day.

For the Slow-Cooked Blueberry French Toast recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Egg and Broccoli Casserole

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Slow Cooker Egg and Broccoli Casserole

For years, I've prepared this filling egg casserole, which is delicious for brunch, in my slow cooker. It's an unusual recipe for this appliance but is welcomed wherever I serve it. Folks always go back for seconds.

— Janet Sliter, Kennewick, Washington

Click here for the Crock-pot Egg and Broccoli Casserole Recipe

Slow-Cooker Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Recipe

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Slow-Cooker Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

With this recipe, you will have loads of roasted tomatoes left over. Enjoy them spooned over pasta or a grilled chicken breast. Or, feel free to change up the filling entirely since these eggs will taste delicious with a multitude of flavor combinations. Just be sure not to overfill the ramekins with ingredients, as you want a nice balance between the eggs and the filling.

— Peggy Bourjaily

Click here for the Slow-Cooked Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Recipe

Slow Cooker Ham and Quiche Recipe

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Slow Cooker Ham and Quiche

Enjoy your dinner with this quiche featuring refrigerated pie crusts, ham, eggs, and cheese. It’s the perfect meal if you love French cuisine.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Ham and Quiche Recipe

Slow Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

Slow Cooker Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy, delicious, and totally worth the wait, this slow cooker meal will have you “mmm-ing” after eat bite. Add in bits of bacon or any of your other favorite breakfast meats and your simple side can be transformed into a hearty regular dish.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Style Quiche

Slow Cooker Mexican Style Quiche

Particularly useful when cooking for a crowd that may be arriving for a mid-morning brunch, this recipe is the perfect blend of classic morning fare and flavorful midday treat. The spices, cheeses, and even the vegetables are all easily customizable to your personal preferences.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Mexican Style Quiche Recipe.

Slow Cooker Overnight Porridge

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Slow Cooker Overnight Porridge

How great would it be to wake up on a busy morning and have breakfast already cooked? You could slow down and eat at home or pack up a bowl of this multi-grain porridge to take to work with you. With a slow cooker, it can happen.
— Shelby Kinnaird

Click here for the Slow Cooker Overnight Porridge Recipe

Slow Cooking-Stone Ground Grits

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Slow Cooking-Stone Ground Grits

Stone-ground grits are ground in a stone mill and are much larger than quick-cooking grits. They also have an abundance of flavor compared to the faster-cooking versions. Most Southerners will put them on the stove and cook them for hours — sometimes even all day — while popping in and out of the kitchen to stir. Cooking them in the slow cooker requires no stirring at all. Let them cook all night and wake up to rich, creamy grits.

— Rebecca Lang

Click here for the Slow Cooking-Stone Ground Grits Recipes

PointsPlus Cranberry-Maple Slow Cooker Oatmeal

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PointsPlus Cranberry-Maple Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Using a slow cooker to make steel-cut oats means you can sleep in without having to worry about starting breakfast. Be sure to use steel-cut oats for this recipe, as regular oatmeal will not hold up to this length of cooking. If you like your oatmeal very creamy, you can cook it up to eight hours.

Click here for the PointsPlus Cranberry-Maple Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe

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Best Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes

Even the most seasoned host or hostesses gets a little stressed out when it comes to menu planning for a party. However, your slow cooker can help temper the time and stress cooking for a party creates, and it allows you to step out of the kitchen and get to mingling! 

Sometimes it's a hassle to make all the starters yourself, why not take a load off and try one of Trader Joe’s Frozen Appetizers, Ranked.

Sow Cooker Apricot Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Sow Cooker Apricot Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Most of us love to nosh no matter what diet we’re on, but light party snack options can be few and far between. On top of having fewer calories, apricot chicken lettuce wraps are made easy with the help of a slow-cooker. Boom! A simple and refreshing appetizer.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Apricot Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

Who doesn’t love a delicious buffalo chicken dip at a party? It’s creamy, delicious, a little spicy, and extremely flavorful. But when it is loaded with a few different types of cheese, this dip can get pretty fattening, pretty quickly. We’ve lightened up this recipe for you so you can thoroughly enjoy this essential party food without the guilt.

Click here for the Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

Jane Bruce

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

As the weather cools down, there is nothing like coming home to a kitchen filled with the aroma of meat that has been slow-cooking all day. These carnitas made my kitchen smell amazing, and they were delicious and easy to make, too.

— Carly Goldsmith

Click here for the Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos Recipe

Slow Cooker Green Chile Queso

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Slow Cooker Green Chile Queso

Blogger Heather Thoming has created a creamy, spicy queso dip, proving that the slow cooker is, in fact, good for everything.

Click here for the Green Chile Slow Cooker Queso Recipe

Slow Cooker Jalapeno Spinach Dip

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Slow Cooker Jalapeno Spinach Dip

Everyone loves spinach dip, and this version is as easy as it is delicious. Just mix the ingredients together in the slow cooker for a savory and creamy appetizer.

Click here for the  Crock-Pot Jalapeño Spinach Dip Recipe

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Potato Skins

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Potato Skins

Two of the best comfort foods, together at last! Slow-cooked pork and potato skins make a perfect match.

— Jonathan Hirsch

Click here for the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Potato Skins Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Seven Layer Dip

Slow Cooker Mexican Seven Layer Dip

You'll love this warmed-up, no-fuss version of your favorite Mexican dip.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Mexican Seven Layer Dip Recipe

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Nachos

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Nachos

Get together in the fast lane with a slow-cooked munchie. These shredded chicken nachos will change the way you look at your slow cooker.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Nachos Recipe

Slow Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Slow Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Standard spinach artichoke dip gets a Mexican makeover with the addition of chopped green chiles and pepper jack cheese.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Southwest Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken & Mac Salad Sliders

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken & Mac Salad Sliders

Tender, slow-cooked chicken, sweet teriyaki glaze, and a creamy macaroni salad. What's left to say? This recipe is a classic Hawaiian plate lunch packed into a slider. Easy-to-prepare and bite-sized, these sliders are perfect for game day spreads, whether you're having friends over or tailgating at the stadium.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken & Mac Salad Sliders Recipe

Best Slow Cooker Stew Recipes

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Best Slow Cooker Stew Recipes

Stews and slow cookers are a match made in delicious heaven. Who could ever say no to being welcomed home by a hearty, warm, and savory meal that hits the spot? We’ve gathered a collection of stews that feature lamb, beef chicken, but all individually make for some of the best meals you could ask for. 

If you're looking for more stew inspiration, check out our 15 Soups and Stews That Will Keep You Warm This Winter.

Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

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Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew

Delicious, easy comfort food doesn’t get much better than this slow cooker beef and mushroom stew. You could take the time to brown the meat and sauté the mushrooms and onions, but I find this dish is just as flavorful and is much less fuss when you just throw it all in the Crock-Pot and come back later.

— Emily of Holistic Squid

Click here for the Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Stew

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Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Stew

Feel free to add other herbs like rosemary or thyme to this comforting dish, and vegetables like chickpeas or beans, but this lamb stew is delicious as-is.

— Yasmin Fahr

Click here for the Slow Cooker Braised Lamb Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Classic Beef Stew

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Slow Cooker Classic Beef Stew

This recipe is a classic and straightforward version of the hearty dish, with additional flavoring from a hint of cumin and cinnamon. Traditional beef stews tend to include new potatoes, which this one does not. Instead, serve it over a bed of brown rice to add an extra nutty bite.

— Molly Aronica

Click here for the Classic Slow Cooker Classic Beef Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Garden Veggie Sauce

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Slow Cooker Meatballs with Garden Veggie Sauce

Because of all the extra veggies, the sauce is light but savory, with just enough cream (or coconut cream) to make it extra satisfying. You could serve these on their own, with rice, or over pasta, but I love to spoon these slow-cooker meatballs over simple zucchini noodles (learn how to make zoodles here), using up the abundance of summer squash and adding some extra lightness to this dish on a hot day.

— Emily of Holistic Squid

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Click here for the Slow Cooker Meatballs with Garden Veggie Sauce Recipe

Slow Cooker Minestrone Stew

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Slow Cooker Minestrone Stew

This hearty minestrone stew calls for garden vegetable soup (such as Progresso Vegetable Classics), turkey Italian sausage, and gluten-free macaroni. It’s easy to customize with an vegetables, legumes, or herbs you happen to have on hand.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Minestrone Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Stew

You can throw these ingredients the slow cooker in less than 20 minutes in the morning. The tempting aromas will waft through your home all day, and when you sit down to this melt-in-your mouth meal at dinner time, you’ll experience exotic comfort with every bite. What’s exotic comfort, you ask? Well, make the stew and find out.

— Emily of Holistic Squid

Click here for the Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker ‘Osso Buco’ Stew

Melissa Joulwan

Slow Cooker ‘Osso Buco’ Stew

Usually this dish is made with veal shanks; instead, this recipe uses cubed stewing meat, cooked for hours in wine, broth, and vegetables. This version of the Milanese classic is just as hearty and delicious as the original.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker ‘Osso Buco’ Stew recipe.

Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie

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Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie

This hearty casserole is a favorite in Ireland, where it was whipped up during the coldest of winters. As its name suggests, it was originally made with lamb or mutton, but these days you may be more familiar with it being made with beef. For a healthier version, try using ground chicken. 

Click here for the Crock-Pot Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Slow Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht

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Slow Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht

This borscht will bring a wonderful smell to your house as it slowly cooks. Sliced cabbage is stirred in toward the end of cooking and basil leaves are added for garnish. Serve it with your favorite bread or simply enjoy it by itself.

For the Slow-Cooker Shanghai-Style Beef Borscht recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Super Meaty Beef Stew

Jane Bruce

Slow Cooker Super Meaty Beef Stew

This is a super meaty beef stew that has more of a clear broth than the gravy-like Dinty Moore version. If you like the broth a bit thicker, toss the cubes of beef in flour before browning.

— Valaer Murray

Click here for the Super Meaty Slow Cooker Beef Stew Recipe

Best Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

Best Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

We’ll spare you the obligatory “where’s the beef?” pun and skip right too it: beef and slow cookers are timeless BFFs. They love spending time together and when they do, delicious things happen. Check out these recipes that totally belong in your slow cooker today.

If you're a big burger fan but are looking to branch out a little, check out our 10 Surprising — and Healthy — Burger Alternatives.

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

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Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs

Braised short ribs are the ultimate comfort food, in my book. But, the classic boeuf bourguignon can be intimidating. The key to tender braised short ribs is to make them a day in advance, and cook them over very, very low heat, for a long time.

— Allison Beck

Click here for the Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Brisket

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Slow Cooker Brisket

Relax. Let the ingredients do all the work in this warm, welcoming dish. The beer tenderizes the meat, the onion soup gives it sweetness and depth, and the chile sauce goes “Zing!”

Click here for the Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe

Slow Cooker Chili with Jalapeño Corn Muffins

Erin Swing

Slow Cooker Chili with Jalapeño Corn Muffins

With chili, the longer it cooks, the more the flavors marry together. I find this to be true with dishes that have a tomato base with many seasonings. That means you can throw it together after lunch, put it in the slow-cooker, and it will be perfect come game time. Leftovers are even better the next day.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Chili with Jalapeño Corn Muffins Recipe

Slow Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

Slow Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs

These meatballs are the perfect party food. Throw them in the slow cooker and they’re ready when you are. Make-ahead tips: Make the meatballs and brown them ahead of time. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Mix up the sauce ahead as well and store in refrigerator. A few hours before your shower or party, put the meatballs and sauce in the Crock-Pot.

— Shelby Kinnaird

Click here for the Slow Cooker Cranberry Citrus Meatballs Recipe

Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef

Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef

If you’re okay with being tortured by these tantalizing smells all day, this recipe is always a winner. Zesty yet comforting, this slow cooker recipe will be an instant hit with your entire family.

— Shelby Kinnaird

Click here for the Slow Cooker Cuban Braised Beef Recipe

Slow Cooker Fire Pot Roast

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Slow Cooker Fire Pot Roast

Wait till you try this pot roast; it's easier and tastier than ever! Your whole family with love this simple slow cooker recipe. Plus, you even get a delicious side dish out of it and can use leftovers for hearty sandwiches. What’s not to love?

Click here for the Easy Slow Cooker Fire Pot Roast Recipe

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

There is nothing more satisfying than a melt-in-your-mouth sandwich. This shredded beef French dip is savory and succulent after stewing in the slow cooker all day!

Click here for the Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

Slow Cooker Lazy Day Lasagna

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Slow Cooker Lazy Day Lasagna

If you’re skeptical about cooking lasagna in a slow-cooker, have no fear; it’s as easy as layering the ingredients and walking away. This recipe will have your lasagna pan gathering dust. Italian cuisine purists will be happy to find that traditional lasagna noodles bake up beautifully even without boiling them first, and this dish can provide you with more than one meal, as it makes for great leftovers.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Lazy Day Lasagna Recipe.

Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Sandwich

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Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Sandwich

Blogger Dorothy Kern of Crazy for Crust shares a winning recipe for hearty beef sandwiches. We promise that these sandwiches will totally satisfy.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Sandwiches Recipe

Slow Cooker Sausage-Stuffed Flank Steak

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Slow Cooker Sausage-Stuffed Flank Steak

As part of a prize I won for a recipe contest, I received a slow cooker. I hadn't used one in years so had no recipes on hand. This tasty beef was my first creation and is now a family favorite.

— Julie Merriman, Cold Brook, New York

Click here for the Crock-Pot Sausage-Stuffed Flank Steak  Recipe

 

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Best Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

Whether you are sick or just need a pick-me-up, a hot bowl of soup is always the answer. From decadent, cheesy soups, to thin broths with hearty meats and vegetables, these slow cooker soup recipes will hit the spot!

It's winter which means, it's soup season. We've rounded up The Best Soup in Every State.

 

Slow Cooker Beef Noodle Soup

Jessica Chou

Slow Cooker Beef Noodle Soup

Any trip to Taiwan requires at least one bowl of traditional beef noodle soup; the stew, beef, and often handmade noodles are just a bit spicy, occasionally too salty, and always, always filling enough to fuel another three hours (minimum) wandering through night markets.

— Jessica Chou

Click here for the Slow Cooker Beef Noodle Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup

Potatoes and cheese? Yes, please! This six-ingredient slow-cooker supper is unbelievably easy and amazingly delicious.

Click here for the Cheesy Potato Slow Cooker Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Want the flavors of a burger with the ease of the slow cooker? You got it! Plus, this easy, versatile soup takes just 20 minutes to prepare.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

The Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup is truly a comfort food soup. It's thick, creamy, and tastes like chicken pot pie without the crust!

— Jennifer Drummond

Click here for the Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup Recipe

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

This enchilada soup packs a punch when zesty seasonings, such as Old El Paso, are added. A Mexican dinner that's ready for cooking in 10 minutes? Sign us up.

Click here for the Enchilada Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

Jennifer Drummond

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

This healthy, flavorful soup is loaded with tons of fresh, nutritious ingredients like spinach, carrots, celery, and onion, and simmers in a slow cooker while you're away at work so it tastes like it cooked all day — because it did.

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— Jennifer Drummond

Click here for the Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Need a hearty soup for Meatless Mondays? Throw this into your slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning. When you get home, the most amazing thyme- and sage-laced smells will be wafting through your house. All you’ll need to do is add the orzo, zucchini, and spinach to the pot and wait 30 minutes for a delicious, stick-to-your-ribs meal. You won’t even miss the meat.

—  Shelby Kinnaird

Click here for the Slow Cooker Minestrone Recipe

Slow Cooker Sans Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Slow Cooker Sans Tortilla Soup

This soup is our go-to. Spicy, scrumptious tortilla soup. Which we have coined “sans tortilla soup” since we never actually put any tortillas in it...we love the combination of flavors: spicy kicks of chili powder, green chiles, and enchilada sauce, with smoky cumin, slow-cooked chicken, and hearty diced tomatoes. Delicious!

— Megan Watson

Click here for the Slow Cooker Sans Tortilla Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Sopa de Ajo

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Slow Cooker Sopa de Ajo

This is the chicken soup of our collective childhood consciousness on steroids. Aside from the fact that it's perfumed with more than 40 cloves of garlic, pinches of saffron, cumin, cayenne, and paprika, it is topped with a poached egg, which, when pierced, leaks its golden yolk into the soup's depths. It's almost magical, and is will probably cure that cold of yours in no time at all.

— Clare Bullen

Click here for the Crock-Pot Sopa de Ajo Recipe

PointsPlus Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe

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PointsPlus Slow Cooker Lentil Soup Recipe

This is the best kind of comfort food: the kind that cooks itself. Just throw everything in the pot and come back later. Slow Cooker: It’s almost like magic.

— Weight Watchers

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Best Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Chicken is one of the ultimate comfort foods. Put it in a slow cooker and any intimate dinner party will feel like a Sunday dinner at Mom’s. This collection of recipes appeals to chicken lovers of all varieties, we and guarantee you’ll find something worth slow— cooking for every day of the week! 

We tried and tested the best chicken noodle soups just in time for winter! Check out our Ultimate Canned Chicken Noodle Taste Test.

Slow Cooker Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks

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Slow Cooker Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks

When slow-cooked, these drumsticks are tender and incredibly flavorful. To get a crispy skin, however, brush the cooked drumsticks with a bit of the marinating liquid and throw them under the oven broiler to develop texture and a little charred flavor.

For the Slow-Cooker Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks Recipe, click here.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Valaer Murray

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

While not exactly soup, the hot, steaming broth, large cut of tender chicken, aromatic vegetables, and boiled chive dumplings served in a shallow bowl equal a warming, hearty meal.

— Valaer Murray

Click here for the Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

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Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

This casserole may take some time to make, but it's definitely worth it. The chicken and beans are both soft and full of flavor.

— Emily Jacobs

Click here for the Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Kristl Story

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

This chicken taco recipe will soon be one of your favorite quick and easy dinners because of its effortless process with the Crock-Pot. It takes less than five minutes to put the ingredients in the pot, and six hours later you'll have a delicious shredded chicken taco.

— Kristl Story

Click here for the Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

The slow cooker is the perfect vessel for making chicken stock because it cooks low and slow, allowing the flavors to meld together gently. The stock doesn’t need to be tended to at all. You can usually buy chicken bones from your local butcher, but if you cannot find any, you can use chicken thighs and wings.

— Emeril Lagasse

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This soup is thick and creamy just like the filling of a chicken pot pie. Serve this soup with a side of biscuits to recreate all the flavors of the original.

Click here for the Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe.

Slow Cooker Lemon and Chicken Rice Soup

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Slow Cooker Lemon and Chicken Rice Soup

Try this delicious slow cooker lemon chicken and rice soup that is loaded with flavor. It is the perfect dish to come home to after a long, cold day!

Click here for the Slow Cooker Lemon and Chicken Rice Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Spinach Chicken

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Slow Cooker Spinach Chicken

Shhhh, don’t tell… but the secret to this dish is to simply pile all the ingredients into your slow-cooker and let it do all the work.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Spinach Chicken Recipe.

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

A roasted chicken is an instant Sunday dinner classic. But if you don’t want to spend your weekend slaving over a hot stove all day, pop this chicken recipe in the slow cooker for that perfect Sunday dinner taste.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Karen Petersen

Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce

This is the most deliciously tender chicken with an amazing sauce. Perfect if you're having company or if you want to make something special for dinner.

— Karen Petersen

Click here for the Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce Recipe

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Best Slow Cooker Pork Recipes

Say hello to the most versatile slow cooker ingredient: pork. Whether you like is slathered in barbecue sauce, shredded and spiced for tacos, or on a rack of ribs, putting pork in your slow cooker is always a recipe for success.

Try out some of these 10 Irresistable Pork Recipes.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

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Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork

For a harvest meal that will welcome you home right, enjoy this amazing slow cooker recipe.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork Recipe

 

Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs

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Slow Cooker Barbeque Ribs

Broiling gives the ribs great smoky flavor and gives them a barbecued appearance. It's not necessary to broil this slow cooker recipe, but it is highly recommended to boost the flavor and texture.

Click here for the Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Slow Cooker Carolina Style Pulled Pork

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Slow Cooker Carolina Style Pulled Pork

Featured in the classic barbecue joint Brother Jimmy's cookbook, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, this is a classic Carolina-style pulled pork recipe, featuring a dry rub made with granulated garlic, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, and basil. This recipe is traditionally smoked, but an oven will do the trick if you're looking to get it done indoors.

— Eva Pesantez

Click here for the Slow Cooker Carolina Style Pulled Pork Recipe

Slow Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork with Chipotle Mayo and Jicama Slaw

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Slow Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork with Chipotle Mayo and Jicama Slaw

There’s nothing quite like throwing a few simple ingredients into a slow cooker and coming back at the end of the day to a hot and savory meal. This dish in particular combines the rich, flavorful meat with a bright and crunchy veggie slaw and a sexy silky homemade mayo that makes it a favorite any time of the year.

— Emily of Holistic Squid

Click here for the Slow Cooker Cuban Pulled Pork with Chipotle Mayo & Jicama Slaw Recipe.

Slow Cooker Harvest Ham

Hope Comerford

Slow Cooker Harvest Ham

A ham in your slow cooker? Oh yes! This delicious recipe creates the perfect balance between sweet and salty, even for those who aren’t fans of salty ham. The cloves are the secret ingredient that gives this dish its pizzazz — they mingle pleasantly with the maple syrup to produce a warm, inviting flavor perfect for the harvest season.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Harvest Ham Recipe.

Slow Cooker Honey Barbecue Pork Roast with Carrots

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Slow Cooker Honey Barbecue Pork Roast with Carrots

Enjoy this slow-cooked pork roast made with Green Giant frozen honey glazed carrots; the savory and sweet dish makes for a hearty dinner.

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Slow Cooker Italian Shredded Pork

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Slow Cooker Italian Shredded Pork

A little prep makes for a delicious, hearty, slow-cooked comfort meal that will warm you up on a cold day. It’s great to serve over polenta, or try serving the shredded pork on hoagie buns or in a baked tortilla shell; it’s perfect for a game day party.

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Slow Cooker Italian Pulled Pork

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Slow Cooker Italian Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is a great Paleo Diet recipe and this one is unique with Italian ingredients. Adding the hot sauce gives it a little extra kick.

— Cindy Anschtz

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mustard Thyme Gravy

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mustard Thyme Gravy

Dinner is ready for cooking in 10 minutes! Enjoy these mouth-watering pork chops with mustard-thyme gravy slow-cooked to perfection.

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Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

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Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut

Talk about an aromatic meal. One whiff of this, and you’ll be instantly transported to your “happy place” where comfort food reigns supreme. After all, there is nothing like a slow cooker to make you feel at home.

— Emily of Holistic Squid

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

What could be easier than throwing some pork, spices, and an onion into a slow cooker? The smell will tantalize everyone in your household all day and you’ll probably have leftovers to use in other dishes during the workweek. This is also a low-maintenance dish perfect for serving at dinner parties.

—  Shelby Kinnaird

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tenderloin

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tenderloin

Tenderloin cooks much faster in the slow cooker than other cuts of pork. It was done in about 3½ hours on High. A thin sauce will work best; you want to keep the meat moist, but you don’t want to drown it.

—  Shelby Kinnaird

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Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Pork-Butt

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Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Pork-Butt

This flavorful, easy-to-make slow-cooked pork is a great winter dish to savor all week long.

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— Maryse Chevierie

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Best Slow Cooker Vegetarian Recipes

Don’t think that your slow cooker is good for meat-lovers alone! Your slow cooker can make everything from fresh sides to hearty vegetarian stews that will fill you up and make all carnivores jealous of your meat-free lifestyle. 

Meat lovers don't get to have all the fun, try one of these 50 Vegetarian Recipes for Meatless Mondays.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

This store-bought staple is a totally unnecessary purchase. After all, it is so easy to make at home, and is guaranteed to be a lot healthier that way than anything you’ll find on the shelf. Plus, this slow cooker recipe is great for making in bulk and storing for a fresh, delicious side you can enjoy warm or cold.

—  Shelby Kinnaird 

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Slow Cooker Hot Fruit Salad

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Slow Cooker Hot Fruit Salad

My old-fashioned fruit salad is convenient to make in the slow cooker when your oven and stovetop are occupied with other dishes. It's delicious alongside roasted meats, or even served over pound cake for dessert.

— Debbie Kimbrough, Lexington, Mississippi

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the homiest, most delicious comfort food you can treat yourself to. Now imagine being able to come home to freshly baked, always delicious mac and cheese that comes straight from a slow cooker… You’ll be in heaven, we promise!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Rissoto

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Risotto

Clean up your risotto by using brown rice instead of white rice. Brown rice is a complex carbohydrate and whole grain that contains protein and nutrients like thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium. Try some truffle oil as a garnish to truly take this healthy dish over the top.

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Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatos

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Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatos

Scalloped potatoes are the perfect side dish to any fall meal. Warm, cheesy, and perfectly seasoned, these potatoes will be the talk of your dinner party!

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Slow Cooker Quick and Easy Tomato Ketchup

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Slow Cooker Quick and Easy Tomato Ketchup

When you can offer guests a home-cooked option instead of the store bought version, it will always impress them. But homemade doesn’t have to mean harder than usual. This simple slow cooker tomato ketchup recipe is just as good (if not better) than the bottled stuff, and you’ll be able to say you made it!

—  Shelby Kinnaird 

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian and Vegan Lentil Curry

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian and Vegan Lentil Curry

Lentils are packed with protein, which is perfect for vegetarians in need of that essential nutrient. Plus, when lentils are slow cooked for hours in flavorful spices like curry, they taste pretty darn good, too.

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chipotle Chili

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chipotle Chili

Marvelous and meatless, this chili is still hearty enough to warm the heart and belly of any chili lover. The chipotle chili powder gives this slow cooker recipe the kick it needs to make it an instant favorite for vegetarians with a penchant for spicy foods. We are positive you are going to love this homey and satisfying meal.

—  Shelby Kinnaird 

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Jane Bruce

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

This recipe is naturally vegan, although it's better when topped with shredded cheese and sour cream! This slow cooker recipe can be adjusted to taste in terms of heat, so feel free to customize this super versatile slow cooker recipe.

— Jess Novak

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Best Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

Best Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes

It isn’t every day that you get to be greeted by a sweet treat. Gift yourself this gift any time by setting up one of these tasty recipes in your slow cooker. All of them are totally indulgent and worth every bite!

If you're looking for more treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out our 21 Irresistible Chocolate Chip Desserts.

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

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Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

We honestly cannot stress enough how delicious this recipes is. Ooey, gooey, and warm, this delicious slow cooker dessert hits the spot when your sweet tooth is aching. We love the blend of cinnamon and oats that creates a crispy, flavorful crumble.

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Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Recipe

Crystal Burns

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Recipe

The flavors of caramel, rum, and walnut naturally complement fresh bananas in this classic dessert made easy!

— Crystal Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

This seems like an unlikely thing to cook in a slow-cooker, but it works great (a 6-quart unit is ideal) and your guests will gobble it up. If you like a little bit of spice, add a pinch of cayenne. It will balance the rich chocolate perfectly.

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Everyone who tries this dessert falls in love with it. Using a slow cooker liner makes cleanup a breeze.

— Latona Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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Slow Cooker Coconut-Nutella Pudding Cake

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Slow Cooker Coconut-Nutella Pudding Cake

Fact: Anything with Nutella is awesome. Need I say more? This cake is decadent, delicious, and perfect with vanilla ice cream. Or better yet, with coconut ice cream. That would be awesome. Five stars — double it, if you're having company.

— Karen Petersen

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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge

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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven. When these two ingredients are combined in the slow-cooker, they melt to form the perfect base for creamy and luscious fudge that’s super-simple to make.

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Slow Cooker Pink Grapefruit Cheesecake

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Slow Cooker Pink Grapefruit Cheesecake

Cheesecakefrom a slow cooker? It's true! I experimented a few times to turn this iconic dessert into a slow-cooker classic! Give it a try. You'll be amazed at the results!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Cooking cheesecake in the slow cooker produces wonderful, creamy results.

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Slow Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread

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Slow Cooker Turtle Monkey Bread

We're not monkeying around — you actually make this monkey bread in your slow cooker!

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Best Slow Cooker Drinks Recipes

When you are hosting a party, it is your duty to refill everyone’s glass. When you opt to make a slow cooker drink for your soirée, your job becomes a lot easier. If you are hosting a party for friends, family or even little ones, these warm slow cooker drinks with comfort and delight your guests. 

For more cocktail inspiration try one of these 11 Destination Cocktail Experiences That Are Worth Traveling For.

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum

Warning: do not consume this drink if you are on a diet. This super indulgent, but totally worth it, slow cooker cocktail is perfect for any and all holiday parties. If you’d rather have a more classic recipe, simply cut out the chocolate chips and enjoy a familiar favorite from your slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Hot Punch: A Mulled Pomegranate Drink

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Slow Cooker Hot Punch: A Mulled Pomegranate Drink

Mulling spices and warmed wine will always have a place at a winter holiday table. You haven’t lived until you’ve warmed this beautiful blend of ingredients into a slow cooker to share with friends and family.

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Slow Cooker Hot Toddy

Slow Cooker Hot Toddy

Hot toddies are the perfect antidote to a cold day, so nothing could be more welcoming than greeting guests with a slow cooker full of hot toddies for them to enjoy. This recipe will completely chase any and all cold weather blues away; party because of the enticing aroma and partly because of the alcohol.

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Slow Cooker Mulled Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Mulled Apple Cider

Picture this: you’re outside for a better part of the morning, raking leaves in the brisk fall air and you’re finally on your last pile. You walk back into the house and it hits you: the crisp smell of apples, the homey aroma of cinnamon, and the tantalizing scent of allspice. This fantasy can become a reality if you make this slow cooker drink recipe before you head out.

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Slow Cooker Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

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Slow Cooker Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

This warm, comforting cider fills the entire house with a wonderful aroma. And guests are never disappointed when they start sipping!

— Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

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Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Whether you are milling (and mulling) around a farmers market, or enjoying a quiet evening at home by the fire, mulled wine warms your soul in a way chilled wine just can’t. This recipe, which has a little kick of brandy in it, is perfect for a wine drinker that loves a little bit of sweet aroma and flavor in their wine bouquet. Just set the slow cooker up and enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

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Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

After spending the day picking pumpkins or playing in the snow, don’t your kids deserve a drink that will warm their bodies as well as their soul? Enjoy this slow cooked hot chocolate that’s made with peanut butter and topped with marshmallows for guaranteed smiles.

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Slow Cooker Spicy Hot Chocolate

Slow Cooker Spicy Hot Chocolate

Who ever said that hot chocolate was just for the kids? This slow cooker spicy hot chocolate recipe will add a kick to your cold day that regular hot chocolate just can’t. You can adjust the heat to your liking and if you want make it even more adult friendly, a few shots of cinnamon schnapps will really heat things up. 

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Slow Cooker Warm Lemonade

Slow Cooker Warm Lemonade

Typically when we think of lemonade, we are transported to a wrap-around white porch, the summer sun beating down on us on a lazy summer day. But that fresh, citrusy taste does not have to fade with the warm weather. Putting it in the slow cooker and adding a dash of seasonal spices makes this mulled drink a delicious warm cocktail for any fall or winter party. If you’re fearing what the holidays have in store for you this year, check out our Ultimate Holiday Party Survival Guide.

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